Guest Post – The Clinical Informatics AQD and an AMIA 10×10 Primer

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By LT David Frey

Note: The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense or the United States Government.

The Clinical Informatics AQD (68L) is open to all designators in Navy Medicine.  Per NOOCS Volume I, there are three ways to obtain this AQD:

(1) Complete the corps appropriate certification exam or fellowship, or

(2) Complete a certificate program or graduate degree in Informatics, or the AMIA 10X10, or

(3) Work >50% of your time in informatics for at least 12 months.

            The 10×10 course is the most efficient path for those unable to spend a great deal of time working with, or as, a CMIO/CNIO.  The 10×10 program utilizes curricular content from certified informatics training programs and other AMIA educational initiatives… These courses are ideal for those looking to advance their health care profession with informatics training.

            The 10×10 courses are taught entirely online, and most run 16 weeks long. In addition, a few different universities (and the VA) conduct their own version of 10×10 (some focus on a broad overview of Clinical Informatics, others on clinical decision support or tailor informatics to a subspecialty such as Emergency Medicine).

            There is a registration fee associated with the course and having an AMIA membership may knock the price down a bit.  To my knowledge, the course is not funded by local commands or BUMED (Editor – if there is CME granted you could always ask), although I have been told the VA occasionally has seats for active duty (rare), and some prerequisites may need to be met.  Using your GI Bill may also be an option.

            My experience with the Oregon Health & Science University-delivered course was relatively painless.  Each week consisted of about 4-8 hours of effort.

* Voice-over PowerPoint videos to watch

* 1-2 discussion board questions to answer

* Weekly self-assessment quizzes.  About ten questions each quiz, and the answers are contained within the course material; also, not graded, so no pressure.

* A capstone project that describes how you could use what you have learned to solve an actual or potential problem in your workplace. Essentially, this was a 2-3 page paper.

* All required course material was through the site, no books.

* Course completion is based entirely on participation and completing the capstone paper. Course participants typically include physicians, nurses, healthcare administrators, IT specialists, and any other specialties interested in healthcare informatics.

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